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Prolific: producing much fruit, producing many works, high-scoring, plentiful, abundant, creative, productive, inventive.
Ps. 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
Ps. 23:5 “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Ps. 23:6 “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.”
The Plea for Excess
New Year’s Resolutions are typically the time of year to reflect on the things we don’t have or don’t do.
Don’t eat out so much.
Do more exercise.
Don’t be so negative and depressed, etc.
More often than not, these resolutions are woven together with complicated emotions such as guilt, regret, and shame. The result is that, through great self-control, we keep our new promises for 30 days or so, and then go back to our old routines, still carrying along our companions of guilt, shame, and the like.
I’m suggesting we turn the tables for 2015, by choosing to emphasize our excess rather than our lack. The best single word I found to describe this perspective is prolific. It’s a word that contains elements of abundance, creativity, productivity, plenty, and just general excess.
Excess can be a strange word to accept, as it has been used in a derogatory manner, especially as it relates to an American way of life. However, we’re reclaiming the definition. Our cups were meant to run over, not with material goods necessarily, but with action-values such as generosity, gratitude, compassion, and celebration.
Powerful words that prompt a way of life, prompt community engagement, and shift our perspective to our blessings rather than our lack.
97% of Us Have Failed By Now
Studies show that traditional resolutions are abandoned by 97% of people within the first 30 days of the year. So while you may be wondering why the topic of New Year’s resolutions is relevant for February, I argue that there’s no more relevant time than now, 30+ days into 2015.
We gathered together 26 of our favorite Christian leaders, thinkers, and innovators, and asked them each to contribute 500 words around how to do resolutions differently, focusing on our excess rather than our lack. The compilation of responses is free to download for ChurchMag readers.
In addition, ChurchMag readers will get an exclusive behind the scenes look at what it took to put together a 26-author co-written project like this.